Every Saturday for the past six weeks, James Atkin (EMF) and Richard March (Pop Will Eat Itself/Bentley Rhythm Ace) have been gathering together a selection of fellow musicians and friends for a series of superb lockdown covers of songs including Lovecats/The Cure, Our Lips Are Sealed/Fun Boy Three and Echo Beach/Martha And The Muffins in aid of the Help Musicians Emergency Coronavirus Fund.

Check out Episode #6, Life During Wartime (Talking Heads), featuring Kermit Leveridge (Black Grape), Horace Panter (The Specials), Linda Layton (Beats International), Keith York (Ladytron), Franny Griffiths (SPACE), Rachael Atkin (Beauty School), alongside James and Richard.

Founded in 1921, Help Musicians is an independent charity that provides help, support and opportunities to empower UK musicians at all stages of their lives. You can donate here or find them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Episode #7 will air with the next round of surprise guests on YouTube on Saturday 27 June at 8pm.

In the meantime, you can check out Episodes #1-5 below. The full list of performers so far is:

Justin Welch/Elastica
Franny Griffiths/Space
Oliver ‘Doll Boy’ Cherer
Brian Travers/UB40
Noko/Apollo 440
Mary Byker/Gaye Bykers on acid
Rachael Atkin/Fluke
FUZZ ‘Car SOS’ Townshend
JimBob/Carter USM
Sebastian Beresford/Leftfield
Ian Dench/EMF
Atholl Ransome/The Haggis Horns
Miles Hunt/The Wonder Stuff
Alan D/Jesus Jones
Rat/Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
Tracy L Cattell /The Primitives
Tom Hingley /Inspiral Carpets
David Newton /The Mighty Lemon Drops
Kermit Leveridge /Black Grape
Horace Panter /The Specials
Lindy Layton /Beats International
Keith York /Ladytron

Episode #1 Lovecats (The Cure)

Episode #2 Our Lips Are Sealed (Fun Boy Three)

Episode #3 Echo Beach (Martha And The Muffins)

Episode #4 Another Girl Another Planet (The Only Ones)

Episode #5 Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks)

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Words by Naomi Dryden-Smith, Naomi’s stuff is here: Louder Than War | Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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